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Management Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

This just in: stalking is now adorable. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    50

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Isn't it time Steve Zahn grew up? Ever since the '90s, this walking quirk of an actor has pushed his dazed solipsistic zaniness (he's like Michael J. Fox’s hillbilly cousin), but he's 41 now, and it no longer looks cute on him.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A sentimental -- and modestly enjoyable -- fantasy of mutual need.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Ultimately delivers the goods, even if the goods aren't very fresh.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It's a sweetly strange yet uneven comedy, with a charming lead performance by Steve Zahn offset by a lackluster one from Jennifer Aniston.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Management works as a sweet rom-com with some fairly big laughs.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

So-so romcom about unlikely couple isn't too racy for teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this indie romcom probably won't have much appeal for kids, even many teens. A note of melancholy runs through it, and its themes -- romantic and professional boredom -- are fairly mature, though the film does have interesting things to say about finding your bliss and creating a path for yourself. Swearing (including "f--k") is the main reason for the R rating; there's also a little bit of drinking, one character smokes (though he quits for love), and two people who barely know each other have an intimate interaction that later balloons into a relationship.

  • Families can talk about what the movie ultimately says about passion -- romantic or otherwise. Why is it important to be passionate about something? Does Sue and Mike's relationship seem believable? Why does it hit so many road bumps? Why does Sue figuratively push Mike away when she clearly likes him? How is the movie similar to and different from other romantic comedies?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: A man confronts his aimless existence after a relationship implodes and his mother dies. He pretty much stalks a woman, but somehow this comes off as charming and she falls for him -- though they have to jump through a number of hoops before they end up together. Along the way, they wind up learning quite a lot about themselves and each other.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: A woman's boyfriend threatens another man with physical harm after he hits him. Earlier in the movie, he shoots the same man with a BB gun.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A woman allows a virtual stranger to fondle her behind for no apparent reason; later, they have sex in the laundry room. But there's no outright nudity -- mostly kissing and groping.

  • language false4

    Language: Includes several uses of "f--k" (which is the main reason for the R rating). Other words run the gamut and include "butt," "damn," and more.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Some name-dropping of a yogurt brand.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some social drinking; a man romances a woman by appearing at her door with a free bottle of wine. A man smokes but gives it up because the girl he likes is vehemently opposed to it.

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